How I’m Transitioning My Beauty Routine from Summer to Fall

With the 26 Days of Fall Outfits series wrapping up, everyone in the Facebook Group has been saying, NOW what do we do?!? 

You guys, Cyndi and I aren’t going anywhere!! In fact, as I said yesterday, I’m planning to focus more on the fashion and beauty topics for a while and see where that leads. I have sooo many post topic ideas swarming in my head, I just need to find time to create them all.

We’ve been talking a lot about fashion during this transition season, but what about your beauty routine?

Do you also change your makeup and skincare with the seasons? I do. My skin tends to be quite dry, and I’m also very pale when I’m not in the sun, so I have to adjust my makeup and skincare when cooler weather sets in. Here’s what I do. Everyone is different and has different skincare needs, but many of these ideas are universal.

How to Transition Your Beauty Routine from Summer to Fall

How to Transition Your Beauty Routine from Summer to Fall

1. Switch to a heavier, full-coverage foundation.

I used to wear a mineral makeup in the summertime and switch to full coverage foundation in the winter. Nowadays I wear M·A·C Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation all year round, but I change up my face powder with the seasons. In the summertime, I wear Bronzing Powder, and in the winter, I usually use Jane Iredale PurePressed Base over top of my foundation. It is what I used to use alone in the summertime, but now that I’m older, ahem, I like to have full coverage all year round.

Foundation Tip: If your skin tends to be dry in the winter months (I know mine is!), then before applying foundation, put on your moisturizer and wait three to five minutes for that to set in. According to celebrity makeup artist Lusine Galadjian, this helps your foundation to go on smoother and blend in with your skin. (Who knew!?)

Also, to make sure you don’t get that awful line where your foundation ends and your neck begins, always blend your foundation down into the neck so that it disappears gradually.

2. Consider a richer hair color.

I use the same hair color all year round, but if you are one to highlight or lighten your hair in the summertime, you may want to go deeper and a bit warmer in the winter.

3. Try a deeper, more intense lipstick color.

In the summertime, I use coral and pink lip colors, but in the winter I like deeper oranges and rose-brown tones. This is a great time to experiment with vampy reds and plums too!

4. Go for deeper, warmer nail polish colors as well.

I love a nice medium-brown shade like CND’s Rubble. I also love deep navy, burgundy and plum in the cooler months. I switch up my nail polish every week or two, so I have fun experimenting with different colors.


5. Start using lip balm regularly.

Chapped lips are the worst, and your lipstick doesn’t apply well or look good on dry lips, so as soon as cool weather sets in, I start applying a good quality lip balm morning and night. Right now I’m using Lip Conditioner Peppermint Balm by Beauty Counter. A friend sent it to me, and I love it. It gets an EWG rating of 1 and contains natural ingredients such as avocado oil, beeswax, and shea butter.

6. Apply cuticle oil daily.

Fingernails also tend to get dry and brittle in the wintertime. I recommend using cuticle oil all year round, but you definitely don’t want to neglect it in the wintertime. I swear by Solar OilRead more about why I love it.

CND SolarOil

Cuticle oil and lip balm sit by my bed. They are the last two things I apply at night before I crawl into bed. Some people also love to apply a foot cream and hand cream as well.

7. Exfoliate 1-2 times a week OR invest in a Clarisonic.

Dry, flaky skin isn’t pretty. Exfoliating with a gentle facial scrub one or two times a week (any more than that is too much!) helps keep your skin soft and smooth. Then always follow up with a good moisturizer. I also find myself needing a richer facial moisturizer in the wintertime. I’ll be curious to see how my current Burt’s Bees Renewal Line holds up for me in the winter months.

Even better than exfoliation is a Clarisonic manual exfoliator. I swear by my Clarisonic Plus. It was by far my best investment ever. Mine is almost 10 years old, and it’s going strong. I just replace the brush head every so often. As long as I’m faithful about using it (ahem…) the Clarisonic keeps my skin soft and smooth like nothing else, and every esthetician who has ever given me a facial has told me to use it daily.

clarisonic plus at qvc

I’m sure there’s more, but those are the first things that come to mind! I’ve already begun implementing some of these tips, although the weather here in Philly hasn’t gotten the memo that it’s fall.

I’d love to hear your best tips for transitioning your beauty routine from summer to fall. What did I miss?

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15 Responses

  1. Girl, now you’re really speaking my love language – make up, skin care, and nails, OH MY!!!

    I bought 2 new bottles of Essie for fall because I’m taking a break from gels (because I might’ve used a little of my nail budget on new clothes!). Mochacino (gun metal grey meets taupe – very similar to Rubble, but with a hint of sparkle) and It’s Genius, which is a rich burgundy-plum with a slight hint of a gold fleck. I find that Essie requires 3 coats to look good on me, but tends to stay longer than a lot of polishes – but it’s not a gel.

    I love my Clarisonic, too. It’s in my shower. I don’t use it at night, though. I’m lazy and use makeup wipes (2) to get my face clean while I’m watching TV.

    Love and do the hand/lip treatment at night. And, I have hairapy in the next couple of weeks, so we’ll see if she wants to take me darker/richer.

  2. Hi there! This is the 2nd blog I’ve seen today featuring that Bobbi Brown eye palette. I need to go see it in person! I discovered you on another blog where you did a Q&A about growing a fashion blog. Would love for you to visit my blog where I combine fashion and style with inspiration. I had a blog years ago with a friend, but after discovering my husband’s affair with this “best friend”, I took a long break and started over with a new blog look, name and overall makeover! http://www.styledarrow.com

  3. I love my Clarisonic too! I sometimes joke that the Sonicare company runs my life… Clarisonic, toothbrush and Pedi. I have very dry skin, and Pedi has worked wonders on my cracked, dry heels.

  4. I’m so excited to see more emphasis on fashion, I’ve been loving the 26 days of fall fashion and always tune in on Wednesdays. I need some of that cuticle oil ASAP, I really think I’d actually make it a habit if it went into my nightly routine.

  5. My skin gets drier in colder weather, too. I’ve been thinking about finding a more natural product that is good for me, but also with a company that thinks about the environment and other people on the planet. I like what I have read about Burt’s Bees so far.

  6. While younger, I had very dry skin. But as I have aged, my face is more of a combination especially along the T zone. I’ve worn a tinted moisturizer during the summer but another thing I’ve acquired with age are some dark spots on my face. I’ve used Merle Norman almost my entire life. One benefits of theirs is you can get a facial weekly which includes a steam treatment. I don’t do it often enough but I do go in for a makeover each season. This fall I decided it was time for me to go to a full coverage foundation all the time due to the dark spots. I’ve always been faithful with my face skin care and trying to exfoliate frequently enough.
    I tend to be a mouth breather, so my lips stay dry year round. I have been a big fan of Burt’s Bees’ Moisturizing Lip Balm for years and wear it any time I do not have lipstick on. I have even used quite a lot of their tinted glosses but tend to lick the color off quickly.
    My hands are my biggest problem with extreme dryness. This is a lovely genetic thing. My nails have grown stronger over the years of taking so much calcium. But my cuticles are an embarrassment. I take spells of using cuticle oils then tend to quit. But I have found that O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream and CeraVe Moisturizing Cream both do wonders. My cousin’s dermatologist recommended CeraVe to her for a skin rash she kept for a long time. I get both of these at Wal-Mart.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the 26 Days of Fall and I’m looking forward to your beauty topic posts and winter fashion suggestions.
    Love your blog even though I am older than you and now also follow Cyndi. The two of you are so much fun! Hugs!
    After a career as a food service inspector, I only used Orly’s Nail Envy Nail Strengthener on my nails and love it. Since retiring, I have recently started using some nail polish. OPI has been a favorite of mine for years using pinks and light mauves in the summer and darker shades during winter. But I read your post on CND’s brand and really like the Rubble shade and someone had mentioned a lavender shade that sounded interesting.

  7. I don’t use the clarisonic any more. I was getting broken blood vessels from it! 🙁 I stopped using per advice of my skin gal and don’t regret it one bit. I’m 55 and think my skin is getting too thin to handle the clarisonic.

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